Ride a Bike—Avoid the (gas) Pump!

Wow—have you had to fill the gas tank in your car lately?  Sure does make sense to start considering alternative methods of transportation.

Perhaps you’ve thought about becoming a commuter cyclist but need a refresher course in basic skills of cycling.  On May 1 Bike Maryland is offering such a course that will also include cycling safety and bike handling—and it’s FREE.  They are a local organization that offers quite a few special events throughout the year.  Their mission it is to encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.  

Not in Maryland?  No worries, lots of local bicycling groups can be found by a simple internet search or stopping by your local bike shop.

Get ready because May 20, 2011 is national Bike to Work Day!

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon: “Cross the Potomac to an Awakening”

On September 19, 2010 runners can, for the first time ever, race across the bridge from Virginia into Maryland.

The famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge has been one of Washington’s landmarks since the early ‘60s.  In 2008 the old bridge was replaced with a new bridge—one that offers a wide running path!

The scenic route starts at Mount Vernon and includes breathtaking views of the White House, U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Old Town Alexandria.  In order to get to the finish line at National Harbor, where the famous Awakening statute awaits you, you will need to master the half-mile uphill challenge appropriately dubbed, “The Rude Awakening.”

There will be a post-race party that includes entertainment, food and a beer truck.

USA Track & Field is touring the country to promote the sport and showcase its best and brightest events.  So look for the USATF Mobile Marketing Tour Van during race weekend as they have selected to visit this race! They will also have a selection of their USATF gear to sell at the meet.

Like to run for a charity, there are six charity partners for this race.  Details can be found on the race’s website:   http://www.wilsonbridgehalf.com/charity.html

Click on this link to register for this race:  http://www.wilsonbridgehalf.com/register.htm.  Registration closes on Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 8:59 p.m.

Support a great cause while getting some exercise

Today, over 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic Kidney disease.  Dynasplint® colleagues, Patricia Boteler and Brittany Fooks have felt the weight of this terrible disease first hand. Patty’s family has been rocked by kidney disease for as long as she can remember.  Her nephew, Chris, lived with this disease his whole life.  After undergoing two excruciating kidney transplants (one donated by their father) he later died waiting for a much needed third transplant last summer.  Chris was 33.  He left behind his wife and two young children searching for answers.  Chris’s younger brother, Joel (26 years old), also has kidney disease.  Joel was the recipient of one of his sisters matching kidneys last fall—improving his condition greatly, but not leaving him without a fight.  Science tells us that most strands of kidney disease are hereditary though tests for Chris and Joel would indicate their strands were not related.  Uncertainty remains as to how their family will be further affected by this disease in the future.

To help the Schaum family and others affected by this deadly disease, join Patty and Brittany on the Maryland Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk.  Click to learn more about the National Kidney Foundation or to join the Annual Kidney Walk.

New Year–New You?

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It’s that time of year.  The time when we all make pledges for the New Year–and sometimes the “New You” to come!

But how do you stay motivated after the resolution?

The challenges of shorter days and harsh winter weather can quickly de-motivate us to stay on track.  So make sure you surround yourself with inspiration!  Post reminders where they’ll do the most good for you, even the four walls that surround you at the office.  Make your workspace–your workspace:

  1. Personalize and accessorize by bringing in a race bib or finishers medal from a race in which you participated.  Hang a photo of yourself from a race you completed or of someone that inspires you! 
  2. Socialize by talking to colleagues and sharing accomplishments and goals.  This is also a great way to learn about other races or interesting activities you may have not known about otherwise!
  3. Bring your gym bag to the office and put it in a place that you can see! 

Check back with us often for other tips throughout the year–and feel free to share things that work for you.  Go ahead, post a comment…we’d love to hear from you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DYNASPLINT® ROM (Racers on a Mission)!

 

When we think of failure, failure will be ours.

If we remain undecided, nothing will ever change.

All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it.

Never think of failure for what we think will come about.—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Marine Corp Marathon 10K

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Karen, Ashley, Anita, and Sean

The MCM10K was a great success!  Four Dynasplint® colleagues joined with 46 other local runners to form Team Eric.  Team Eric runs in memory of LCPL Eric W. Herzberg a local Severna Park hero KIA Al Anbar, IRAQ.

Check out the link below:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/sports/102509_mentzer_wins_marine_corps_marathon

The morning of the race was a bit chilly but the sun was shining bright on the almost 30,000 runners that came out to participate in all of the races that the MCM has to offer.

Thank you to the 3,000 Marine, Navy, and Civilian volunteers for their support of “The People’s Race.”  

A very special thank you to all of the military for all that you do to protect our country and our freedom!

In a Sea of Race Bibs and T-Shirts?

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If you’re like me you’ve completed a bunch of races which has generated quite a pile of race bibs and t-shirts!  At first it was exciting to keep these items as proof of my accomplishments–first the 5K’s then the half marathons!  But as the number of races increased over the years and the one drawer of race t-shirts morphed into 3 I found myself wondering what I could do with all of those items.  I certainly couldn’t throw them away but the old shirts are faded and the new shirts are plentiful…not to mention those race numbers!

You may have already heard of having a quilt made of the race t-shirts, but have you heard of a shoulder bag?!  That’s right.  While perusing my running literature I found this and couldn’t wait to share the great idea!  Take those race items and make a shoulder bag!

The creator was kind enough to not only share her idea but also provided great photos along with the step by step instructions.

Check this out! http://www.examiner.com/x-4554-Boise-Running-Examiner~y2009m5d4-What-to-do-with-all-those-race-numbers-and-tshirts

Do you have a great idea that you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear from you.

Madison-Chicago 200 Relay!

The MC200 team relay race begins in Madison, WI on June 12, travels through Milwaukee and finishes June 13 on the Lakefront Running Path in Chicago, IL.

 

Each team consists of 12 runners who will each run three legs totaling anywhere from 10.64 to 20.8 miles.

 

What’s that?  Does Dynasplint have a team?  You betcha!  The following colleagues are representing Dynasplint: 

 

Todd Domangue, Jennifer Hammer,

Jeff LeRose, Jeff Long, Sean Murphy, and

(the injured) Samantha Kirkham who will be driving one of the team support vans and cheering them on!

 

The team’s start time is 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12 and they should end up finishing in Chicago sometime on Saturday afternoon.

 

Keep checking back here for updates as the team will keep us posted on their progress!

 

For more race information check out the race website: www.mc200.com

Inaugural National Running Day – June 3, 2009

The mission of National Running Day is to designate one national day to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.

 

This initiative aims to:

  • Strengthen a nationwide grassroots movement to get people running.
  • Encourage Americans of all ages and fitness levels to get out and run.

  • As more school physical education programs disappear every day, get kids interested in running as a part of an everyday healthy lifestyle.
  • Inspire children of all ages by exposing them to professional runners who know better than anyone the benefits of running.
  • On June 3, wear your running shoes to work to show your commitment and participation.

You can participate in National Running Day anywhere!  Remember this is an easy and accesible activity. So, go ahead, lace up those shoes and get moving!

For more information visit www.runningday.org.

Join the Team–Team Eric!

Calling all runners and walkers for the Second Annual TEAM ERIC for the Marine Corps 10K on October 25, 2009. 

TEAM ERIC was started last year by Gina, the mother of Eric Herzberg.  Eric is Severna Park’s own hero who gave his life in Iraq for all of us.  All participants in TEAM ERIC will wear a t-shirt with Eric’s picture to honor him and participate in the race honoring ALL Marines.

Registration opens at noon on May 13, 2009.  Don’t delay, as the race fills up quickly.  Go to http://www.marinemarathon.com/ and register for the MCM 10K. 

Once you’ve signed up for the race send an email to Lynn Koutras at lynnkoutras@yahoo.com to let her know that you are part of Team Eric and to provide her with your shirt size.  A request is being made of a $15 dollar donation to cover the cost of Gina printing the shirts.

Remember, you don’t have to be a runner.  This is a walker-friendly race as well.  Consider joining the other members of ROM who have already signed up and made the commitment to participate!

Thinking about vacation?!

Whether you are considering a vacation to run or just running on vacation–there are many options!

Check out:  http://runningawayonline.com
This is just one of the sites to visit for those that have considered a running vacation. 

There are also resources for clinics and camps to attend where you can run your first 5K or improve your marathon.

Check out: www.cityrunningtours.com
The above link is a good resource for those that are considering a vacation where you may want to get out for a run while you’re there.  You pick the distance and the company provides the guide!  With a guided tour you can get in your run while learning about the history, urban myths and other things that make that particular city unique.

Have a great vacation and enjoy your run!